Wednesday 30 September, 2020

Allison Jean furious Botham's murderer seeking lesser charge

Amber Guyger cries in court (AP photo)

Amber Guyger cries in court (AP photo)

Attorneys of Amber Guyger, convicted of the murder of St Lucian Botham Jean, have filed an appeal that her charge should have instead been criminally negligent homicide.

According to Guyger's defense team, there was insufficient evidence to convict her of murder. They argue the court should either acquit Guyger of murder, or acquit her of murder, then convict her of criminally negligent homicide, and hold a new hearing on the punishment.

Guyger, 31, was off-duty but still in uniform the night she killed the 26-year-old accountant in his South Side Flats apartments just blocks from police headquarters. She claimed she mistook his apartment for hers and thought he was a burglar.

The appeal argues: "her mistaken belief negated the culpability for murder because although she intentionally and knowingly caused Jean's death, she had the right to act in deadly force in self-defense since her belief that deadly force was immediately necessary was reasonable under the circumstances."

Botham's mother Allison Jean has reacted with anger saying: "The news of an appeal came as no surprise to the family, however, what was submitted simply infuriated me and I ask what nerve Amber Guyger and her attorneys would have for someone who received a sentence of only ten years, which I consider a slap on the wrist, for her now to appeal that the evidence was not taken and that she acted in self defence is what I believe is grabbing at straws."

Jean is now hoping Guyger gets a more severe sentence for the loss of her son.

Allison Jean reacts to the verdict

"I am appealing to the judges to consider an even harsher penalty for her because the ten years she received was a slap on the wrist but she deserves life in prison, that's what she should get, so I'm looking forward to the deliberations on that appeal. I have every confidence that the appeal lawyers in the DA's office will be able to represent my family and get justice for Botham just as they did in the trial," she said.

Guyger was first arrested on a manslaughter charge after she fatally shot Botham Jean in September 2018 while he ate ice cream in his apartment.

She was found guilty of murdering Jean in October 2019 and was sentenced to ten years in prison.

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